The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday announced the detailed guidelines for the Unlock 5 in the country; The unlock 5 guidelines have no clear mention of resuming scheduled commercial international flights to/from India.
The Unlock 5 Guidelines On ‘Movement of persons with SOPs’ stated; “Movement by passenger trains; domestic passenger air travel; a movement of a person on Vande Bharat and Air Transport Bubble flights; and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per the SOPs issued.”
This clearly means that the scheduled international flights to/from India will remain suspended for another month.
However, Despite a Sharpe rise in the number of Coronavirus cases in the country, the home ministry has made it clear that there would be more relaxations and fewer restrictions, though local administrations in some states are heavily relying on voluntary curfew, local lockdowns, etc.
India had suspended scheduled international passenger flights on March 22 in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Flights under the Vande Bharat Mission and Air Bubbles are operation;
last week, Low-cost carrier Air India Express has announced the flight schedule for Air Bubble and Phase 7 of Vande Bharat Mission/Air Bubble.
As per the schedule posted by the airline, Phase 7 of the Vande Bharat Mission will start from 1st October and will continue till 24th October and the airline will operate 444 flights to/from Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, and UAE.
India has signed the air bubble arrangements with 14 countries which includes United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Kenya, Canada, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, and UAE.